Shen man ar­rested af­ter at­tempt to flee from po­lice

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SHENAN­DOAH — A bor­ough man is free on bail af­ter be­ing ar­rested by Shenan­doah po­lice stem­ming from an in­ci­dent that be­gan Satur­day in the 200 block of West Wash­ing­ton Street.

Pa­trol­man David Stamets charged Paul Daniel Ogonek, 66, of 140 N. Union St., with flee­ing or at­tempt­ing to elude po­lice, DUI, pos­ses­sion of a small amount of mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, re­sist­ing ar­rest, vi­o­lat­ing re­stric­tions on al­co­holic bev­er­ages, and stop and yield sign vi­o­la­tions.

Stamets said that Ogonek was ar­raigned by Mag­is­te­rial District Judge David A. Plachko, Port Car­bon. Al­though Ogonek was com­mit­ted to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of 10 per­cent of $10,000 bail, he has since posted bond and been re­leased.

The in­ci­dent unfolded around 7:50 p.m. when he and Pa­trol­man Wil­liam Moyer were called to the 200 block of West Wash­ing­ton Street for a re­port of an as­sault and learned that the caller said the vic­tim was ly­ing in the street, ac­cord­ing to Stamets.

Stamets said that, at the scene, of­fi­cers saw a Jeep Wran­gler stopped in the mid­dle of the street.

Stamets said that when the emer­gency lights of the po­lice ve­hi­cle were ac­ti­vated, the driver be­gan to pull away and did not com­ply with ver­bal com­mands to stop.

With their lights and siren on, the of­fi­cers fol­lowed the Jeep as the driver — later iden­ti­fied as Ogonek — drove east on East Wash­ing­ton Street, turned onto North Em­er­ick Street fail­ing to stop for a posted stop sign and then turned left onto East Penn Street.

Of­fi­cers were able to stop Ogonek, Stamets said, by pass­ing him but the man struck the rear of the po­lice ve­hi­cle, caus­ing dam­age to the right side of the bumper.

He said of­fi­cers in­structed Ogonek to get out of the car but he re­fused and it re­quired sub­stan­tial force to re­move and hand­cuff him.

Stamets said an odor of al­co­hol and burnt mar­i­juana was de­tected in­side the ve­hi­cle and, in plain view, was a me­tal mar­i­juana pipe on top of the dashboard and two cans of beer in the cen­ter con­sole.

The of­fi­cer said nu­mer­ous empty beer cans were found be­hind the driver’s seat and an open case of beer in­side as well as a clear bag con­tain­ing mar­i­juana in the cen­ter con­sole.

Ogonek ad­mit­ted to drink­ing al­co­hol and said he may have drunk too much but he de­nied smok­ing mar­i­juana say­ing that his fi­ancee smoked the drug, Stamets said. The man added that his fi­ancee needs the mar­i­juana for her medical con­di­tions and that he bought it for her, Stamets said.

Stamets said that Ogonek was taken to a Pottsville Hospi­tal where he agreed to a blood al­co­hol test.

Ogonek will now have to an­swer to the charges against him at a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Mag­is­te­rial District Judge An­thony J. Kilker in his Shenan­doah court­room.

Mean­while, Shenan­doah Po­lice Chief Ge­orge Carado said that his depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an as­sault in which Ogonek was the vic­tim.

The chief said of­fi­cers were start­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­ported as­sault when they re­ceived the call re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent on West Wash­ing­ton Street and at that time had no idea that Ogonek was in­volved.

Carado said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the as­sault is on­go­ing and that Ogonek has not been able to iden­tify those who al­legedly as­saulted him.

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